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Man Wounded After Surprising Intruders

Posted February 21, 2008

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— A Rocky Mount man was critically wounded early Thursday after he arrived home and surprised two intruders, police said.

Leslie Clardy, 65, came home at about 4 a.m. and saw his belongings scattered and a window broken at his residence on Dalton Road, police said. As he went to the back of the house, he was confronted by two black men who demanded money, police said.

The men shot Clardy four times before fleeing the scene, police said. He was listed in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital.

Police said the shooting wasn't a random act of violence and that they believe robbery was the motive.

Neighbors described Clardy as a quiet man who kept to himself. They also said his home had been broken into several times in recent months.

"He's a good person, a real good man. He pretty much just keeps to himself," neighbor James Vick said.

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  • nofear Feb 22, 2008

    if his house was broken in to several times. I think it is time to get a gun, if you are legally able to. I do! I cary one everywhere I go.

  • chargernut69 Feb 22, 2008

    ...too bad he wasn't packing, they robbers would have been full of holes.

  • Rocknhorse Feb 21, 2008

    Praying he recovers. It's bad enough to be robbed once, but multiple times? And then have the good-for-nothings shoot him when he arrived home... I hope they rot in jail!

  • US VET Feb 21, 2008

    If he would have had his trusty .45 with him, things may have been different.

  • Lissa13082 Feb 21, 2008

    Poor guy! He's lucky to still be alive! Why don't people work for money like everyone else does? Why do they feel the need to take someone else's hard earned money? That's just pathetic! It takes a real lazy no good person to do that!

  • Cable Feb 21, 2008

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